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Rules known as “intermediate sanctions” allow the IRS to assess penalties against not-for-profit executives who receive excess compensation — and the board members who have approved it. Do you and your board know what’s considered excess compensation and what’s viewed as a conflict of interest during the compensation-setting process?

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If your not-for-profit organization expects its board members to play a fundraising role, you probably already know how difficult it can be to motivate them. They’re busy people, and even when they have excellent connections, they’re not always comfortable asking those in their network for money — however noble the cause. Fortunately, there are ways you can help board members overcome their reservations.

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So you think investment policies are only for not-for-profits with millions to invest? Not true. If your organization holds funds in reserve — for example, to cover emergencies or meet long-term goals — it’s prudent to have investment policies. Such policies will help ensure that you manage reserve funds responsibly according to their purpose and take steps to minimize investment risk.

W2 Employees vs 1099 Contractors: Know the rules with independent contractors

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It’s no secret that the number of not-for-profit organizations is growing while the number of grant dollars is shrinking. Shifting from competing for grant funds to cooperating with other organizations can create substantial value for not-for-profits and the people they serve.

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The reality is, fraud happens and there are environments ripe for deception in the nonprofit industry.

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Determining the amount to compensate top leaders in a tax-exempt organization can be a daunting task, considering that tax-exempt and for-profit organizations compete in the talent pool. Although there are measures of a tax-exempt leader’s effectiveness, a commonly used measure on the profit side is not available in a tax-exempt situation – profitability. (11/23/2015)

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A donor-advised fund is a philanthropic vehicle established as a public charity. The donor may make a charitable contribution to the fund, receive an immediate tax break and then recommend grants from the fund over time. It is precisely these points that make them controversial. They have both passionate fans and passionate critics. (11/9/2015)

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Segmentation is a marketing technique that groups audiences by certain characteristics in an attempt to address their particular needs and concerns. The Money for Good 2015 study looked at donors in that way so those who are most amenable to increased giving can be reached appropriately. (10/26/2015)

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Mobile giving took a big leap in 2014. Almost 10 percent of all donations were made through mobile devices. With the use of mobile devices for giving and other functions ofnonprofit participation, organizations need to ensure that their webpages and communications are mobile-friendly.(10/12/2015)